Little Lord's SKINNAMARINK to Premiere March 8-23 as part of Next Door at NYTW
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:49 pm EST 01/10/19


Part Recess, Part Ritual, Part Recruitment, SKINNAMARINK is an Absurd and Vicious Take on American Education and Indoctrination

Little Lord’s
Created by Little Lord and Michael Levinton
Directed by Michael Levinton

Previews: March 8, 9, 11 at 7:30pm; March 10 at 3pm
Opening: Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30pm
Regular: March 14–16, 18, 20–23 at 7:30pm; March 17, 22, 23 at 3pm

Fourth Street Theatre (83 East 4th St, Manhattan)
Tickets: $25 previews; $30-40 regular
littlelord.org; 212-460-5475

Little Lord, “fearless in its weirdness” (Tablet Magazine), is proud to present the world premiere of their most ambitious work to date, SKINNAMARINK, as part of Next Door at NYTW. Part recess, part ritual, part recruitment, SKINNAMARINK is an absurd and vicious take on American education and indoctrination. Directed by Michael Levinton, SKINNAMARINK, running March 8–23 with an opening set for March 13, will transform the Fourth Street Theatre (83 East 4th St, Manhattan) into a one-room schoolhouse of horrors.

SKINNAMARINK is based on the McGuffey's Eclectic Readers, a series of elementary school reading books that were widely used in American schools beginning in the 1830s with more than 122 million copies reputedly sold by 1925. Pre-dating the pastel-colored world of Dick and Jane, these brutal little readers helped shaped the minds and behaviors of Americans for generations. Some are reportedly still used today (yes, today!).

“The simple, rich language of these primers and their blatantly moralistic underpinnings equally fascinated and frightened us,” says Little Lord’s Michael Levinton. “They quickly launched us to question our current mess of American belief systems: How were we taught to read? To think? To behave? How were we punished? What is our relationship to authority? To discipline? And to shame? In the end, SKINNAMARINK questions what kind of people are the most useful in society... and how we handle the rest.”

The cast for SKINNAMARINK includes Kaaron Briscoe, Joshua William Gelb, Fernando Gonzalez, Polly Lee, Michael Levinton, Meg MacCary, Morgan Lindsey Tachco, and Kate Weber.

The production team for SKINNAMARINK includes Marika Kent (scenic design), Karen Boyer (costume design), Cha See (lighting design), Joseph Wolfslau (sound design), Whitney G-Bowley (choreography), Kaitlin Nemeth and James Wyrwicz (production stage managers), Daniel Allen Nelson (production management), Brittany Coynes (associate producer), Morgan Lindsey Tachco (creative producer), and Michael Levinton (artistic director).

Little Lord is an ensemble of experimental performance makers led by Michael Levinton. Aggressively reinterpreting classic, neglected, and found texts, Little Lord plunders the literary canon in order to forge new plays from old parts. Little Lord holds a funhouse mirror up to our shared cultural memories in order to challenge and delight audiences with the possibilities of the theatrical form. “Little Lord makes collage theater with snacks. Seemingly disparate ideas get put through the creative team’s blender, and the result is something satisfying but wholly unexpected...it's emotional, playful, and often very funny,” said Nicole Serratore in The Village Voice.

Performances of SKINNAMARINK will take place March 8–23 at the Fourth Street Theatre, located at 83 East 4th St in Manhattan. Critics are welcome as of March 8 for an official opening on Wednesday, March 13. Tickets, which are $25 for previews and $30-$40 for regular performances, are available online at littlelord.org, by phone at 212-460-5475, or in-person at the NYTW Box Office. Standard ticketing fees apply. New York Theatre Workshop members and donors receive discounted tickets for the Next Door at NYTW series.

About the Artists

Little Lord is an ensemble-based company that aggressively reinterprets classic, found, and neglected texts to create new works of experimental performance. Holding a funhouse mirror up to our shared cultural memories, Little Lord subverts conventional storytelling, uproots the familiar, and questions assumptions about the world in which we live. Founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Michael Levinton, Little Lord’s work has been praised as “thought-provoking” and “fearless in its weirdness.” Recently: “NOW IS THE TIME. NOW IS THE BEST TIME. NOW IS THE BEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE” (Abrons Arts Center, 2016); NYTimes Critics’ Pick “BAMBIF*CKER/KAFFEEHAUS” (The Brick, 2015); “Pocahontas, and/or AMERICA” (Bushwick Starr, 2013). Also: OHIO Theatre, UNDER St Marks, Incubator Arts Project, Chocolate Factory, HERE Arts Center, Judson Church, Dixon Place. Little Lord has been nominated for 7 New York Innovative Theater Awards, including Outstanding Production of a Musical and Outstanding Performance Art Production. www.littlelord.org

Michael Levinton is a writer, director, performer, and creator of original work for the theater. As Founder and Artistic Director of Little Lord, he has developed and premiered ten original productions at venues such as Abrons Arts Center, Bushwick Starr, Chocolate Factory, HERE Arts Center, Incubator Arts Project, OHIO Theatre’s Ice Factory, Judson Church, Dixon Place, Target Margin Theater, and UNDER St. Marks. Layering avant-garde techniques with ransacked camp traditions, Levinton’s work with Little Lord has been praised as “eerie and dangerous,” “a beautiful, uncomfortable, hallucinogenic ride,” and “a fever dream that straddles the line between ecstatic and tragic.” In addition to Little Lord, Michael Levinton is a producer, curator, and non-profit management consultant, and has worked with dozens of NYC performing arts companies in generating and growing new artistic programs. He is a 2018 Drama League Resident and an associate artist of Target Margin Theater.

Funding Credits

SKINNAMARINK has received developmental support as part of the 2018 Impact Residency Program of the Drama League and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and through artist residencies with Drop, Forge & Tool in Hudson, NY. The Peanut Butter Show, a companion piece to SKINNAMARINK, was the inaugural production of Target Margin Theater’s Presenting Program at THE DOXSEE in Sunset Park, Brooklyn in October 2018, and was developed with support from Target Margin's Artist Residency Program.

About New York Theatre Workshop

New York Theatre Workshop, now in its fourth decade of incubating important new works of theatre, continues to honor its mission to explore perspectives on our collective history and respond to the events and institutions that shape all our lives. Each season, from its home in New York's East Village, NYTW presents four new productions, over 80 readings and numerous workshop productions for over 45,000 audience members. NYTW supports artists in all stages of their careers by maintaining a series of workshop programs, including work-in-progress readings, summer residencies and artist fellowships. Since its founding, NYTW has produced over 100 new, fully staged works, including Jonathan Larson's Rent; Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright's Quills; Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde; Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla; Martha Clarke's Vienna: Lusthaus; Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest, Far Away, A Number and Love and Information; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's Aftermath; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh's Once; Rick Elice's Peter and the Starcatcher; David Bowie and Enda Walsh's Lazarus; Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown; and eight acclaimed productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW's productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.

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